Special Issue "Review Papers in Oxygen"

A special issue of Oxygen (ISSN 2673-9801).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. John Hancock
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Department of Applied Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol BS16 1QY, UK
Interests: redox signaling; reactive oxygen species; hydrogen sulfide; hydrogen gas; nitric oxide
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Prof. Dr. César Augusto Correia de Sequeira
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Materials Electrochemistry Group, CeFEMA, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: electrochemistry of materials; electrocatalysis; low temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells; high temperature corrosion
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Oxygen is Earth’s most abundant element and, after hydrogen and helium, it is the third-most abundant element in the universe. Oxygen makes up almost half of the Earth’s crust in the form of oxides. Diatomic oxygen gas constitutes 21% of the Earth’s atmosphere. Most of the mass of living organisms is oxygen as a component of water, the major constituent of lifeforms. Oxygen is continuously replenished in Earth’s atmosphere by photosynthesis, which uses the energy of sunlight to produce oxygen from water and carbon dioxide. The name oxygen was coined in 1777 by Lavoisier, who first recognized oxygen as a chemical element and correctly characterized the role it plays in combustion. Common uses of oxygen include the production of steel, plastics and textiles, brazing, welding and cutting of steels and other metals, rocket propellant, oxygen therapy, and the support systems in aircraft, submarines, spaceflight and diving. One hundred million tonnes of oxygen are extracted from air for industrial uses annually. The smelting of iron ore into steel consumes 55% of commercially produced oxygen. Another produced oxygen is used by the chemical industry, creating ethylene oxide, ethylene glycol, many precursors of plastics and fabrics, in oxy-cracking processes, etc. Most of the remaining 20% of commercially produced oxygen is used in medical applications, water treatment and other applications, as reported above.

As a chemical engineer with a doctoral thesis is material science, César Augusto Correia de Sequeira has been working for many years in applied domains of electrochemistry in which oxygen has several applications, namely in energy conversion, storage and conservation (e.g., fuel cells, metal–air batteries), water electrolysis, recharging of metal–air cells, etc. Oxygen reduction also plays a role in the corrosion of metals, such as steel in the presence of air. In fact, due to its electronegativity, oxygen forms chemical bonds with almost all other elements to give corresponding oxides. The surfaces of most metals, such as aluminium and titanium, are oxidized in the presence of air and become coated with a thin film of oxide that passivates the metal and slows further corrosion. Passivation phenomena also occur at high temperatures, but the nonstoichiometric nature of the high temperature passive films, with characteristic ionic, electronic, or mixed conductivity, does not reduce corrosion as in low temperature situations.

 Therefore, we would like to invite you to contribute a review or opinion article for our Special Issue, Review Papers in Oxygen. The topic of articles can be anything which is in scope of the journal Oxygen, so may be drawn from areas of physics, chemistry or biology. This may include a review of novel reactions, or physical properties of oxygen-based molecules. Articles may also cover aspects of oxygen and oxygen-based compounds in normal physiology and disease, such as the reactive oxygen species and the role of antioxidants. However, reviews may cover novel uses of oxygen-based technologies, such as the use of oxygen therapies. We would particularly welcome manuscripts which offer opinions and look to the future, perhaps steering the direction of new endeavors involving oxygen.

Prof. Dr. John Hancock
Prof. Dr. César Augusto Correia de Sequeira
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Oxygen is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • reactive oxygen species
  • calvin cycle
  • oxygen electrocatalysis
  • oxygen storage
  • oxygen therapy
  • oxygen toxicity
  • oxygen consuming cathodes
  • oxygen oxidation reaction
  • oxygen reduction reaction
  • oxygen sensors
  • anodic films
  • electrocoagulation
  • electrooxidation

Published Papers

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